Minimum Requirements for a Camera Lowering System

Minimum Requirements for a Camera Lowering System
Minimum Requirements for a Camera Lowering System
The camera lowering system shall be designed to support and lower a standard
closed-circuit television dome camera or standard camera, lens, housing, PTZ
combination, and other interfacing field components without damage or degradation of
electronics operations, including video quality and data integrity. The camera lowering
system device is independent of the pole and should be considered a separate entity. It
is the Contractor’s responsibility to ensure that the lowering device and pole are
The lowering system shall consist of a suspension contact unit, divided support arm, and
a pole adapter for attachment to a pole top and tenon. The divided support arm and
receiver brackets shall be designed to self-align the contact unit with the pole center line
during installation and insure the contact unit cannot twist under high wind conditions.
The lowering device arm must be able to compensate for non-plumbness of pole
installations in both the tilt and pitch axis. Round support arms are required; square
support arms are not acceptable. Weight capacity must be 200lbs. with a 5:1 safety
factor. The camera-lowering device shall withstand wind forces of 120mph with a 1.3
gust factor.
The camera-lowering device to be furnished shall be the product of manufacturers with a
minimum of 3 years of experience in the successful manufacturing of camera lowering
systems. The lowering device provider shall be able to identify a minimum of 3 previous
projects where the proposed system has been installed successfully for over a one-year
period of time each. The camera-lowering device shall be a CLS CDP-HD16 or
approved equal, as explicitly pre-approved by the agency.
The lowering device manufacturer shall furnish a factory representative or a trained,
qualified manufacturer’s representative to assist the electrical contractor with the
assembly and testing of the first lowering system onto the pole assembly. The
manufacturer shall furnish the applicable DOT engineer documentation certifying that the
electrical contractor has been instructed on the installation, operation and safety features
of the lowering device. The contractor shall be responsible for providing applicable
maintenance personnel “on site" operational instructions.
The suspension contact unit shall have a load capacity of 200 lbs. with a 4 to 1 safety
factor. There shall be a locking mechanism between the fixed and moveable
components of the lowering device. The movable assembly shall have a minimum of 2
latches. This latching mechanism shall securely hold the device and its mounted
equipment. The latching mechanism shall operate by alternately raising and lowering the
assembly using the winch and lowering cable. When latched, all weight shall be
removed from the lowering cable. The fixed unit shall have a heavy duty cast tracking
guide and means to allow latching in the same position each time. The contact unit
housing shall be weatherproof with a gasket provided to seal the interior from dust and
The prefabricated components of the lift unit support system shall be designed to
preclude the lifting cable from contacting the power or video cabling. The Contractor
shall supply internal conduit in the pole for the power and video cabling if required by the
Engineer. The only cable permitted to move within the pole or lowering device
during lowering or raising shall be the stainless steel lowering cable. All other
cables must remain stable and secure during lowering and raising operations.
The female and male socket contact halves of the connector block shall be made
of Polymer bodies with all wires and contacts sealed from the external environment with
Silicone Adhesive Sealant (SAS). The lead terminations shall be Beryllium copper
spring retained encapsulated connections.
There shall be a minimum of 16 contacts, all of 12ga. or larger. All contacts shall be Milspec gold plated over nickel plated copper to ensure optimum conductivity. Brass
contacts will not be allowed. The composite cable from the CCTV control cabinet will be
continuous from the control cabinet and wired directly into and sealed within the
connector. No pole top splices or junctions will be required.
All pulleys for the camera lowering device and portable lowering tool shall have
sealed, self lubricated bearings, oil tight bronze bearings, or sintered bronze bushings.
The lowering cable shall be a minimum 1/8-inch diameter stainless steel aircraft cable
with a minimum breaking strength of 1740 pounds with (7) strands of 19 wires each.
All electrical and video coaxial connections between the fixed and lowerable portion
of the contact block shall be protected from exposure to the weather by a waterproof
seal to prevent degradation of the electrical contacts. The electrical connections
between the fixed and movable lowering device components shall be designed to
conduct high frequency data bits and one (1) volt peak-to-peak video signals as well as
the power requirements for operation of dome environmental controls.
The interface and locking components shall be made of stainless steel and/or
aluminum. All external components of the lowering device shall be made of corrosion
resistant materials, powder coated, galvanized, or otherwise protected from the
environment by industry-accepted coatings to withstand exposure to a corrosive
The Camera Junction box, which connects the camera to the lowering device, shall be a
two piece design with a 1.5” NPT pipe receptacle for easy camera mounting. No special
mounting hardware other than 1.5” pipe will be required to mount any camera. Both
sections shall be made of corrosion resistant cast aluminum. The top half shall be
mounted with a weatherproof gasket to the bottom of the disconnect unit. Inside the top
half, it shall have provision to mount additional weights for lightweight cameras or other
equipment. All parts shall be made of extra heavy construction. The two piece
construction shall feature a lower box that hinges down for easy access to wiring. It shall
contain a large capacity-splicing compartment for camera power, signal leads, and
The lowering unit will have sufficient weight to disengage the camera and its control
components in order that it can be lowered properly.
The camera lowering device will be supplied with a direct run of composite cable, wired
and sealed directly to the top connector, for a continuous run to the CCTV cabinet.
Standard cabling will consist of RG-6 coax cable, low capacitance data cable with
individually shielded pairs with a common shield and drain and 18 ga. wires for all other
pins. Special cables can be ordered as required.
The camera-lowering device shall be operated by use of a portable lowering tool.
The tool shall consist of a lightweight metal frame and winch assembly with cable as
described herein, a quick release cable connector, an adjustable safety clutch. As an
option, a variable speed industrial duty electric drill motor may be included. This tool
shall be compatible with accessing the support cable through the hand hole of the pole.
The lowering tool shall attach to the pole with one single bolt. The tool will support itself
and the load assuring lowering operations and provide a means to prevent freewheeling
when loaded. The lowering tool shall be delivered to the applicable DOT engineer upon
project completion.
The lowering tool shall have a reduction gear to reduce the manual effort required to
operate the lifting handle to raise and lower a capacity load. The lowering tool shall be
provided with an adapter for operating the lowering device by a portable drill using a
clutch mechanism. The lowering tool shall be equipped with a positive breaking
mechanism to secure the cable reel during raising and lowering operations and prevent
freewheeling. The manufacturer, if required, shall provide a variable speed, heavy -duty
reversible drill motor and a minimum of one lowering tool plus any additional tools
required by plan notes. The lowering tool shall be made of durable and corrosion
resistant materials, powder coated, galvanized, or otherwise protected from the
environment by industry accepted coatings to withstand exposure to a corrosive
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